Directors JAM is a day-long workshop, performance, and celebration in which six directors each devise a short piece with professional actors, using ingredients that were provided to them in advance. Participating directors met their actors for the first time this morning to work for a few hours creating these six unique pieces of theatre. 

0IMG_0289-2Creator: Pirronne Yousefzadeh is a Brooklyn-based theatre director, writer, and educator. She has directed and developed new work at The Public/Joe’s Pub, New York Theatre Workshop, Ars Nova, Soho Rep, New Georges, Partial Comfort Productions, Rising Phoenix Rep, Noor Theatre, Ma-Yi Theater Company, HERE Arts Center, Ensemble Studio Theatre, New Dramatists, The Lark Play Development Center, Williamstown Theatre Festival, Actors Theatre of Louisville, Huntington Theatre Company, Cleveland Playhouse, Milwaukee Rep, InterAct Theatre Company, and Hangar Theatre, among others. Her productions of In The Blood (Theatre Horizon) and The Dangerous House of Pretty Mbane by Jen Silverman together received fifteen Barrymore nominations, including Outstanding Direction and Outstanding Production for both, and Pretty Mbane received the Virginia Brown Martin Philadelphia Award. She is a Usual Suspect at New York Theatre Workshop, New Georges Affiliated Artist and member of The Jam, member of Ensemble Studio Theatre and Rising Circle Theater Collective, a recipient of SDC’s Denham Fellowship, and an alumna of the Emerging Artist Fellowship at NYTW, Drama League Directors Project, Lincoln Center Directors Lab, Soho Rep Writer/Director Lab, and Ensemble Studio Theatre’s Resident Director Program. Pirronne has been on faculty at UT Austin, Rutgers University/NJIT, and Bard High School Early College, and is a guest director at Juilliard, Fordham University, NYU, and Ramapo College. Upcoming projects include Our Lady of 121st Street (Yale School of Drama) and El Huracán by Charise Castro Smith (La Jolla Playhouse). MFA, Columbia University. Associate Member, SDC.

Directors JAM Staff:
(DG) Founder & Executive Director: Jill Harrison
Producer: Jack Tamburri
Production Stage Manager: Madeline Charne
Production Manager: Tom Snyder
Communications: Ben Smallen

Special Thanks:
Joanna Settle and The Ira Brind School at University of the Arts
John Schultz and Batter & Crumbs Bakery
Hannah Van Sciver Photography

Directors & their Groups (below in alphabetical order)

Rehearsal Assistant: Randi Alexis Hickey
Anthony Martinez-Briggs
Emily Schuman

Rehearsal Assistant: Peter Loikits
Richard Chan
Amber Orion
Katherine Perry
Sabrina Profitt

Rehearsal Assistant: Marcus S Barainyak
Anita Marie Holland
Dana Kreitz
Sean Lally
Sam Sherburne
Jahzeer Terrell

Rehearsal Assistant: Taj Murad Rauch
Corinna Burns
Amanda Holston
Emily Johnson

Rehearsal Assistant: Paige E Klaniecki
Joe Ahmed
Doug Greene
Christina May

Rehearsal Assistant: Nick Hatcher
Ife Foy
Hannah Gold
Stephanie Walters